ACS NSW Focus 14th May 2012

In This Issue of Focus

- May Drop In Details
- 2012 Cinematography Awards
- The Shadowcatchers Book Launch
- A Well Deserved Win
- Careless Love
- Zacuto Great Camera Shootout 2012
- The Zen of Bennett
- Red Apple iPad Competition
- AFTRS Courses

Drop In May 17th

Our next Drop In will be on
May 17th
from 6pm at
ACS National HQ Level 2
26 Ridge St North Sydney

ACS National sponsor Lemac has a tradition of presenting an annual NAB Report on video. This year's report will be the feature of this months Drop In.

Known for their informative content and very entertaining style these films have been to date directed and shot by Lemac founder the late John Bowring ACS and the 2012 version promises to capture the essence of what John started all those years ago. It's bound to be an entertaining Drop In.

Thank you to cinematographer Steve Williams and producer Martin Walsh for making time to come along to our last Drop In and screening their film "The Battle of Long Tan".
If you missed it and want to see the film click the link below. »

ACS 2012 National Awards for Cinematography

The 2012 ACS National Awards for Cinematography were held in Sydney on Saturday 5th May at the Manly Pacific Hotel. Hosted this year by ACS NSW/ACT and well attended by over two hundred members, guests and sponsors this ACS night of nights was a huge success. Thanks go to NSW committee members involved in this year's production but especially to David and Marianne Wakeley for their tireless efforts in ensuring the success of the evening.

It sure was a great night - you'll find links to the winners list, photos of the evening and winners video clips below. Thank you to National sponsor Showreelfinder for hosting the videos.

ACS 2012 National Awards Winners List »
View all the Winner's clips on »
Photos from the 2012 National Awards for Cinematography »

Highlights of the Awards evening included three cinematographers being inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame.
The ACS honoured David Eggby ACS, David Muir ACS BSC and Barry Woodhouse ACS.

Thanks also to NSW member and rock 'n roller Pieter de Vries ACS and his "Allstars" who, with the hypnotic beat of their bass, sax and drums, whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

The Shadowcatchers Book Launch Invitation

It's been heard on good authority that a couple of copies of The Shadowcatchers have been seen "in the wild". This can mean only one thing - the launch of the much anticipated ACS book is imminent.

In fact, from our National President:

Greetings ACS colleagues,
To help the ACS celebrate the official, long awaited launch of our much anticipated book THE SHADOWCATCHERS: A History of Cinematography in Australia, we'd like to invite you to attend our official Book Launch on Thursday, May 31. This is a truly historic event for the Society and we'd like you to share the moment with us. All the details are in the Invitation below, so please rsvp if you can make it and I'll look forward to seeing you on May 31.
Best regards,
Ron Johanson ACS

See the link below to RSVP

click to RSVP to The Shadowcatchers book launch »

A Well Deserved Win

While we're on the subject of our recent National Awards, as we have been, it should be noted that a raffle was held there to raise additional funds for The Shadowcatchers project. First prize was The Shadowcatchers hard copy #1 and the winner....... recently retired long standing AC Magazine editor Butch Calderwood OAM ACS. A more worthy recipient of this prize I don't think we could find so congratulations to a well deserving Butch.

Careless Love

You may remember that at a recent NSW Drop In night cinematographer Kathryn Milliss and producer Geoff Burton ACS presented a screening of Careless Love, a film directed by John Duigan.

The film tells the story of Linh, a Vietnamese Australian university student who secretly starts part-time work as an escort. Managing to keep her two lives separate, she develops an affinity with one of her clients, an enigmatic American art dealer who books her on a regular basis. But when she falls for a fellow student her worlds collide and she must deal with the emotional chaos that follows.

Careless Love opens nationally on the 17th May and in Sydney can be seen at at:
Randwick Ritz, Hoyts Paris, Hoyts Chatswood
and (from 24th May) at the Chauvel Cinema, Paddington.

Distributer Antidote Films is happy to be able to supply two lucky NSW/ACT members double passes to the film. The first two people to email - double pass offer after 1:00pm on May 15th will win double passes to a Sydney screening.

For more info about the film click the link below.

Careless Love website »

Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012

Of late the Zacuto Great Camera Shootouts have proved to be very informative and popular. Now there's another - the 2012 version.

National ACS sponsor AFTRS will screen results of this latest "shootout" at:
Location: AFTRS Theatre
Date: Monday 21st May
Time: 7pm
Australian Film Television & Radio School
Entertainment Quarter
130 Bent Street Moore Park NSW 2021

The cameras involved are:
Sony F65 - Sony Representatives
ARRI Alexa - Rodney Charters, ASC
RED Epic - Ryan Walters
Sony FS100 - Den Lennie & Mick Jones
Sony F3 w/slog - Nancy Schreiber, ASC
Canon C300 - Polly Morgan
Canon 7D with Technicolor settings - Michael Negrin, ASC
Panasonic GH2 (hacked and non-hacked) - Jonny Zeller & Colt Seman

For further details and to sign up to attend the screening click the link below.

Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 »

The Zen of Bennett


Monday, June 18. Commencing at 6.30pm
Location is the AFTRS theatre.
The Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park, New South Wales.

"The Zen of Bennett is an intimate portrait of the man as he turns 85, as I have known him and as he will surely remain; a film that is a meditation on contradictions and a love letter to my father."
- Conceived, Created and Produced by Danny Bennett

Directed by Unjoo Moon with
Cinematography by Dion Beebe ACS ASC
followed by a Q&A. with Unjoo Moon & Dion Beebe.

RSVP essential by June 11 to as places are limited.

View the trailer of this absorbing documentary at: »

Last Weeks - Red Apple iPad Competition

ACS NSW Platinum sponsor and National Awards Partner Red Apple Camera Rentals are giving away the New Apple iPad in their latest competition. To enter, simply take a "Red Apple" themed photo in a fun and creative way then email it to by June 30th 2012.

The most creative photo will be awarded the New Apple iPad. The winner will be announced on the Red Apple website and facebook pages shortly after the competition closes.

Red Apple wish you good luck and happy snapping.

AACTA Membership Reduction for Accredited ACS Members

AFI | AACTA recognises that it is critical for Australian screen practitioners to be engaged with and be a member of their representative industry guild. We are therefore pleased to be able to continue our partnership and provide reduced AACTA membership with ACS.

In order to expand our services and membership program, we have revised our price structure and as such, we invite accredited members of ACS to become members of AACTA at the rate of $80 (full AACTA membership is $110). A saving of over 25%.

For more information please click the link below. »


Shooting HD on the Canon 5D
Familiarise yourself with all elements of  shooting HD on the Canon 5D Mark II.
15 - 16 May, 9am - 5pm 
Multi-Camera Studio Director
Unique in Australia, this hands-on intensive, high end course offers up-to-the-minute skills and insights for aspiring multi-camera directors.
14 - 18 May, 9am - 6pm 
Cinema 4D: Advanced
Designed for those who would like to further their knowledge of 3D and gain more of an understanding about what CINEMA 4D is capable of.
19 -  20 May, 9.30am-5.30pm 
Colour Grading with Da Vinci Resolve
This 2-day lab-based course will explore the basics of colour correcting and grading using the industry standard DaVinci Resolve software. Limited places available.
31 May - 1 June  
Cinema 4D: An Introduction
Designed for those who have little or no experience in 3D, but would like to learn how to become skilled in this growing area of production.
30 June - 1 July, 9.30am - 5.30pm 
Modern Cinematography
What is good cinematography and how is it achieved? This two day course, led by two time AFI Award winner Ellery Ryan (I Love You Too, Van Diemen's Land) is designed to investigate the theory and practice of visual storytelling.
16 - 17 June, 9am - 5pm 
Lighting Fundamentals
This course teaches basic lighting skills in cinematography and how they apply to the visualization of a story or concept.
18 - 22 June, 9am - 5pm 
For further information:
Contact AFTRS OPEN - 1300 065 281

Click to view a full list of courses »

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